ERIC Number: ED161907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: N/A
Australian Item Bank Program: Social Science Item Bank.
Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.
After vigorous review, editing, and trial testing, this item bank was compiled to help secondary school teachers construct objective tests in the social sciences. Anthropology, economics, ethnic and cultural studies, geography, history, legal studies, politics, and sociology are among the topics represented. The bank consists of multiple choice questions written by teachers who attended item writing workshops sponsored by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Questions are classified in three ways: (1) by topic--1 of 54 subject content areas such as crime, women; (2) by the skill the question best measures--1 of 8 research stages or thought processes in social science inquiry; and (3) by facility--a rating of easy, average, or difficult. The questions require interpretation of prose passages, graphs, maps, tables, illustrations, and family trees. Some of the passages and pictorial information refer to Australian culture and geography, while others depict foreign countries or world problems. Each question is identified in the margin by a classification number, a keyed answer to the question, and a difficulty rating. Questions are also cross-referenced to other topics which may be useful. Pages can be removed and reinserted for easy photoduplication. (CP)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, Item Banks, Multiple Choice Tests, Objective Tests, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Test Construction, Test Items
The Australian Council for Educational Research Limited, P. O. Box 210, Hawthorne, Victoria, Australia 3122 (ISBN Number 0-85563-170-8, $A15.00 for TM 007 572 and 573); complete set of the Australian Item Bank (ISBN Number 0-85563-175-9, $A75.00)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.
Note: For handbook, see TM 007 573; For related documents, see TM 007 569-571 and 574-577